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ERIC Number: EJ877386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"We Could Do Amazing Things"
Summers, Judith
Adults Learning, v16 n8 p15-17 Apr 2005
In this article, the author reports on a Liverpool-based community art project which has used an array of different approaches to unlock the artistic creativity of groups of learners throughout the city. The "Fivearts Cities" project, a partnership between television Channel Five and the Arts Council England, aims to bring new audiences to events and help people unlock their own artistic creativity. The WEA team rejected the familiar approach of tasters as a means of initiating community-based arts and, partly because of the time-scale, decided on "Art DIY": a set of projects teaming artists and tutors with both new and existing groups. Learning and Skills Council funding from the WEA's mainstream budget enabled the project to be extended with additional activities and provided progression after its conclusion. Where the project is at variance with current ideas about participation is in its acceptance that participants will not necessarily progress in a straightforward way to more formal learning. The rationale for widening participation here is the way in which the learning re-roots in the community, contributing to a sense of identity and self-value.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Liverpool)